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Prospects Dim for Religious Insult Accused

Three men on trial for insulting Buddhism in the V Gastro case appear increasingly unlikely to be exonerated by the Bahan Township court.

US: Anti-Muslim Attackers in Burma Unpunished

A US envoy says the humanitarian situation in Arakan State continues to deteriorate and accountability is lacking for attacks on minority Muslims in Burma.

Tenasserim Coal Mining Stokes Ire of Local Villagers

Villagers voice concerns over ongoing large-scale coal mining in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Division, saying an extractive project there is affecting the livelihoods of area residents.

USDP Comes Knocking in Voter Outreach Push

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) launches a door-to-door voter outreach campaign ahead of Burma’s 2015 national elections, according to party officials.

20 Muslims Jailed on Terrorism Charges

Twenty Muslims are sentenced to prison on terrorism charges in Shan State after a five-month trial that their lawyer says is biased and without evidence.

88 Generation Leaders Talk Peace Process, Military Veto with Upper House Speaker

The leaders of Burma’s most prominent student group have held a landmark meeting with Khin Aung Myint to discuss the peace process and constitutional reform.

As Reforms Stall, US and Burma to Discuss Human Rights 

The United States is hoping to nudge Burma’s quasi-civilian government on stalled reforms during a high-level human rights dialogue, yet expectations are limited.

NLD Rejects ‘False’ Report on Suu Kyi Ditching 2015 Presidential Push

The NLD says the party chairwoman hasn’t dropped her presidential ambitions, after a report indicated that she would instead focus on securing the parliamentary speakership.

Govt Denies Failing to Implement Suu Kyi’s Letpadaung Report

A government committee tasked with implementing parliamentary recommendations for resolving problems with the Letpadaung copper mine has rejected criticism that it has mishandled the project.

Finland Defends Controversial Aid Project in Karenni State

Finland’s government defends a controversial project in a conflict-affected part of eastern Burma as “successful” in assisting villagers and government officials “to make positive changes.”

First Phase of National Voter List Preparation Near Completion: UEC

Burma’s Union Election Commission says it will soon release a preliminary list of eligible voters in a handful of townships for this year’s general election.

Mandalay Woman Sent to Prison After Public Prayer Service

After joining a public prayer for a detained student activist last September, Tin Mar Ye has been imprisoned for a month by a Mandalay court.

Death Toll Climbs to 4, Search Ongoing After Hpakant Rockslide

Authorities confirm at least four deaths after a rockslide buries them at a jade mine in Hpakant, home to Burma’s richest deposits of the precious stone.

Arakanese Nationalists Hold Protest Against UN Rights Rep Visit

Hundreds of Arakanese Buddhist nationalists protested at Sittwe airport against the visit by the UN human rights rapporteur for Burma Yanghee Lee.

Court Sentences Hotel Bomber to Death in Burma

A Burmese court sentences a man to death after finding him guilty of a 2013 bomb attack that killed two people and wounded one.

Govt, Karen Rebels Collecting Illegal Tolls on Asia Highway: Reports

Both the Border Guard Force and Karen ethnic armed groups are illegally collecting road tolls on the highway between Myawaddy and Kawkareik, locals say.

2 Dead, 30 Missing After Rockslide at Kachin Jade Mine

At least two people are killed and around 30 missing after a mountain of rubble collapsed at a jade mine in northern Burma.

USDP, NLD Deny Skirting Campaign Rules

Burma’s two biggest political parties deny recent accusations that they sidestepped election rules by holding premature campaign events under the guise of other issues.

Rangoon Activists Send President Petition Against Property Project in Former Park

South Okkalar Township activists send a petition to the president urging him to stop the ruling party from developing a former park into condominiums.

Mayangone Wins Rangoon’s ‘Cleanest Township Award’

City authorities bestow the first-ever award for Rangoon’s most sanitary township, in an effort to clean up the commercial capital and incentivize municipal staff performance.